By John Piper
"John Piper's succinct and beautifully perceptive research of William Wilberforce merits to turn into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of an excellent man's life-it additionally tells us the way to comprehend the last word resource of his greatness and happiness. in addition, that figuring out is going some distance deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is commemorated, staggering notwithstanding they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as printed during this booklet, used to be that he made the adventure from self-centeredness, achievement-centeredness, and political-centeredness to God-centeredness. And he made it with Christlike joy." -Jonathan Aitken opposed to nice hindrances William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave alternate and opposed to slavery itself till they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's function in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to check the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. In this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of ways Wilberforce used to be remodeled from an unbelieving, younger flesh presser right into a considerably God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a state. As international leaders debate over the best way to care for a number of social justice and humanitarian crises, a better examine Wilberforce's lifestyles and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers.
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1 On the occasion of Wilberforce’s death, Joseph Brown spoke in St. Paul’s Church in Middlesex. , 152. qxd 58 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 58 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce He was also a most cheerful Christian. His harp appeared to be always in tune; no “gloomy atmosphere of a melancholy moroseness” surrounded him; his sun appeared to be always shining: hence he was remarkably fond of singing hymns, both in family prayer and when alone. He would say, “A Christian should have joy and peace in believing [Rom.
His best friend’s daughter, Marianne Thornton, said that often “Wilberforce would interrupt his serious talks with her father and romp with her in the lawn. ’”6 Once, when his own children were playing The Christian Observer (London), January 1834, 63. Jay, The Autobiography of William Jay, 317. 4 Pollock, Wilberforce, 267. , 183. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 59 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 59 upstairs and he was frustrated at having misplaced a letter, he heard a great din of children shouting.
6 He anonymously visited in prison a famous infidel named Richard Carlile who was imprisoned for his blasphemous writings. ” To which Wilberforce replied, “No, no, Mr. ”7 Missions and Mercy Across the Miles His zeal for the gospel and his compassion for perishing people were extended from personal relationships at home to places as far away as India. ”8 Seven years later “Wilberforce . . , 119. , 205. , 258. , 235. qxd 44 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 44 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce enthralled the House .
Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper